I photograph these teenage senior girls more often these days and I am impressed every single time. Impressed because they are so strong, encouraged because they are so smart and humbled because I know that one by one they are taking like by the horns. I look at them through my lens and wonder if they actually know how beautiful they are because girls are so hard on themselves and each other. I met Elizabeth during our SENIOR PHOTOGRAPHY session in ROYAL OAK and within 10 minutes I was so proud of her because she is so smart and has such big dreams. You can just tell that she has a clear path in life, a strong head to guide her and big heart to ground her.
I remembered a speech I heard on TV once and I though I thought it would be appropriate
“So you see, if you listen to all the people who make these rules, you might just conclude that the safest course of action is just to take your diploma and crawl under your bed. But let me propose an alternative. Hold on to your dreams. Take up the challenge of forging an identity that transcends yourself. Transcend yourself and you will find yourself … There is no dress rehearsal for life, and you will have to ad lib your way through each scene. The only way to prepare is to do what you have done: Get the best possible education; continue to learn from literature, scripture, and history, to understand the human experience as best you can so that you have guideposts charting the terrain toward whatever decisions are right for you.”
A wise woman recently posted this and it’s currently sitting on my heart so I will share with you in hopes that it will remind you of how blessed we are to have our days here on earth. Here goes:::::
Remember this as you go through life, “Beginnings are scary. Endings are sad. It’s the middle that counts”
I have a friend that is making her days count in a way that puts us all to shame and I am lucky enough to photographs just a few minutes of that middle part. Ladies and gentleman, This is amazing Amanda and her sweet little, strong and beautiful crew.
I heart these little people. I don’t know what it is but my face lights up every time I see them. They go to school with my boys and it’s been so fun to see them grow. Mind blowing really.
They hired me to be their PHOTOGRAPHER this year. I got to take pictures of them at a park in Plymouth and this is what happened. I can’t get over how beautiful they are. You too Ann 🙂 Oh and you too Phil.
“Lucy” contacted me to be her family PHOTOGRAPHER because she’s pregnant with one other baby love at home and she wanted to capture this specific moment in their life. Being a MATERNITY photographer is a whole other kind of experience that I LOVE. You guys all know how much I love a good flower crown so when she told me she was thinking about it, I was instantly excited. When I look at these 3 I immediately think… This is what happens when a flower child and a bad ass guy get together.. A beautiful little family is born… Enjoy
I knew right away that I was going to love everything about this guy from the minute his cool mom asked me to do his senior photography session. I knew he was a musician so I asked him who his biggest influences are and THIS is what he gave me:
Jack White, Pink Floyd, Django Reinhardt, Led Zeppelin and the Beatles. I was proud of him and I didn’t even know him!! I mean, what 17 year old has such a deep ear for for great music. Well done Henry, well done! When he showed up, he showed me the guitar and amp he made and then of course played it for me but not before it was turned just to his liking.
Henry is just so cool but he also has a very magical smile & vibe about him that makes you like him right off the bat. I mean honestly, don’t you just want to stand in front of him in this picture and talk to him?
So that brings me to the picture. He’s so fun too, he trusted me while I took him into this weird spot and then this happened.
One thing I know for sure, he is way before his time and one day those dreamy eyes of his and that artistic passion of his is going to take him wherever he wants to go.
Congratulations Henry , go confidently in the direction of your dreams, live the life you’ve always imagined.
Within 5 minutes of of meeting this family I wanted to be their friend. There’s so much that won me over right away, like the story she told me about how she proposed to him right at this very spot.
Now, you know how much I appreciate a female who knows what she wants and goes for it but a fun photography session during the fall season to celebrate a babies first birthday is my jam.
This was at Franklin Cider Mill , we were surrounded by pumpkins and apples. The sweet smell of cinnamon doughnuts and cider.
So when you don’t have a cake to smash, you go offer some doughnuts , sit back, watch and photograph the best that you can.
She did a fine job that Penelope, handled it like a pro. And me, I realized I will be offering doughnut smash sessions instead of cake smash sessions in my near future… The possibilities are endless. I’ll leave you with this last picture. It’s my favorite Fallchild Photograph so far.
Her boys got her a photography session for her birthday because they knew that her family was the thing she was most proud of and how can you blame her, look how beautiful they are.
I quickly realized how fun they were. Easy going and oh so well dressed.
But shortly thereafter this happened and I thought to myself, when your husband can make you laugh like this, you my friends are winning at life.
I mean seriously , these boys.
At some some point mom said to to herself, out loud, this is the BEST birthday present a mom could get. I thought to myself, no pressure G and then this happened.
This may have been the best birthday present but her family knew her well enough to know that she would love it so much that at one point when she was there amongst her best work, her family, it would tug at her heart string in a way that it would make her cry. Happy birthday mom, partner, friend, grandma, you did pretty good.
I’m starting to really find a new love for styled mini photography sessions. It’s like speed dating , photography style but there’s a great setting to get into and super fun props to interact with. See:::
The end of the summer inspired me to style a photography session around one of our favorite family outings, a picnic in the park. We never look as good as my clients did on that day but they had as much fun and I got to be right in the center of it. As a photographer, I worry wether I can get my clients to warm up that quickly but it’s such a whirlwind that it makes it easier and before I know it, they’re giving me their best. Like this sweet family.
show me their best, like this crew.
Then there’s the families that let you right into their sweet , private little circle and they smile with a look in their eye that makes you feel so honored to be capturing them and how they are at this very moment in their lives. Like this fam..
This one just cracks me up because every modern family with kids can relate.
Here’s a few more of my favorites from that day . In case I didn’t say it, I had s much fun!!! Also, my clients are the best! BEST!!!
Clarissa took care of Hugo when I had to go back to work after he was born. No one prepares you for how it feels to have to trust someone else with the thing you love the most in life. No one warns you how much it hurts or how humbling it is to have to trust that he will be fine without you and the guilt that comes along with leaving your newborn with someone else. Clarissa, she was always on the level with me, she helped me more than she will ever know. She soothed and held him when I couldn’t and she helped me get through one of the hardest years of my life. She recently hired me to capture her newborn and how her family looks right now. I was not only honored but so genuinely happy for her. She found her tribe. To me this was one small way that I could actually give her something back that touches her heart especially after all the crafts and pics that she gave me during Hugo’s first years. Here’s some of the pics I got.
Susan: “Genevieve, this is Susan. I think I’m in the wrong place”. “It’s PACKED here and we don’t see this ‘little house’ you speak of.
Me: “It’s PACKED”? (Silently panicking inside) . “Do you see the red barn?”
Susan: Do you guys see a red barn?
Me: Still silently panicking.
Susan: giggling. ‘you guys’
(Loud laughter, a car FULL of laughter)
What I loved the most about that whole conversation is that I never once heard anyone complain. There was no one talking back or sighing or stressing out. Everyone was giggling like they were on a little adventure. We found each other shortly after that and the place was as lovely as I hoped for. We quietly walked around while mom and dad shared some memories of their family growing up. I was just in quiet awe of what a great little family these 2 had created for themselves. You could just tell they all loved each other and that the bond between them is rock solid.
Susan an her husband have one daughter going off to college in another state and another one a little closer but leaving again for his second year. Their third son is still at home but I’m sure he’ll be off to do amazing things soon too. They hired me to catch this moment in their lives. The milestone of their middle child living off to college. I don’t know what that feels like but I can imagine that it’s 2 parts pride, 2 parts fear and 5 parts anxiety. I’m super honored that I could capture this time for them because I know, It will never look like this again. Here’s a sneak peek: